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Written by Kathi
(5/7/2007 11:50 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Well....., penned by jeremy
Ted Bundy, as you may recall, had close friends and family members who couldn't believe he was guilty, right up til he confessed. It happens all the time that people get fooled by friends a lot worse than what Darcy is accused of being.
In addition, Bingley, while he's sharper than he usually gets credit for, doesn't strike me as the most discerning person in the world, and probably doesn't strike Lizzy that way either, as much as she likes him.
I do agree that what we see here is the beginning of the second P in the title (though I'm not sure if I would recognize that if I didn't know how it turned out). I just don't think the evidence supplied by either Jane or Caroline necessarily carries much weight, though for different reasons.
The one piece of evidence that Lizzy should have (and probably would have, if she weren't blinded by prejudice) latched on to was an internal contradiction in what Wickham told her. He said that he couldn't shame Darcy for the sake of the memory of old Mr. Darcy, and yet he's shopping this story to a stranger at a party. If Lizzy had been more clearheaded, she probably would have noticed that contradiction.
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